Gates: Military cuts in U.K. mean 'no U.S. partnership'

Jan 16, 2014, 7:49 AM EST
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Camp Commandant Major General Stuart Skeates arrive to deliver a speech at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on October 25, 2013 in Camberley, Surrey, England.
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U.K. armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defense secretary Robert Gates has warned. The U.K. plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000.
 
Background:
Robert Gates warns on U.K. military spending cuts [AP]
Gates: U.K. military becoming unviable as a fighting force [The Guardian]